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SmackDown LIVE’s top duo will be revealed Sunday, Sept. 11, with the culmination of the [[2016 WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Tournament|SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament]] at WWE Backlash between Heath Slater & Rhyno and either The Usos or The Hype Bros.
Team Blue upper management formally announced the new titles and the eight-team tournament on Aug. 23, and in doing so, even opened the door for one popular free agent, Heath Slater, to potentially earn a SmackDown LIVE contract.
After weeks of petitioning to be part of the blue brand, Slater was given the opportunity by Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan to take part in the tournament, provided he could find a partner. Slater was successful, convincing Rhyno to team with him, and per McMahon and Bryan’s orders, Slater will be awarded a SmackDown LIVE contract only if he and Rhyno win the entire tournament.
Against all odds, The One Man Band and The Man Beast made it to the final round after powering past The Headbangers in Round 1 and The Hype Bros in Round 2, but their ultimate test is a formidable one. After American Alpha upended Breezango and The Usos to advance to the tournament final, Jimmy and Jey Uso brutally attacked Chad Gable, injuring him and preventing the duo from competing at Backlash. On Talking Smack, Bryan and McMahon announced that The Usos and The Hype Bros. will face off at Backlash in a second-chance match with the winner facing Slater & Rhyno later that night in the tournament final.
|Backlash 2016 previews|